/si lay"kee euhn/, adj.
1. belonging to the Selachii, a group of fishes comprising the sharks, skates, and rays.
2. a selachian fish.
[1825-35; < NL Selachi(i) (pl.) name of the order ( < Gk seláchios (sing.) resembling a shark, cartilaginous, adj. deriv. of seláchos shark, ray) + -AN]

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  • selachian — noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek selachos cartilaginous phosphorescent fish; akin to Greek selas brightness Date: 1835 any of a variously classified group (Selachii) of cartilaginous fishes that includes the existing sharks and typically… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • selachian — /səˈleɪkiən/ (say suh laykeeuhn) adjective 1. belonging to the Selachii, a large group of fishes comprising the sharks, skates, and rays. –noun 2. a selachian fish, as a shark. {New Latin Selachiī, plural (replacing selachē, from Greek: sharks) + …   Australian English dictionary

  • selachian — adjective /sɪˈleɪkɪən/ Pertaining to the genus Selache, comparising various sharks; shark like …   Wiktionary

  • selachian — n. type of vertebrate family of fish that includes sharks and rays …   English contemporary dictionary

  • selachian — [sɪ leɪkɪən] noun Zoology a cartilaginous fish of a group that comprises the sharks and dogfishes. Origin C19: from mod. L. Selachii (former class name, from Gk selakhos shark ) + an …   English new terms dictionary

  • selachian — se·la·chi·an …   English syllables

  • selachian —   a.,n. (fish) like shark or ray; belonging to shark family of fishes; a shark or ray …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • selachian — n. & adj. n. any fish of the subclass Selachii, including sharks and dogfish. adj. of or relating to this subclass. Etymology: mod.L Selachii f. Gk selakhos shark …   Useful english dictionary

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